Let’s recognize that age has little to do with ability. You’re never too young or too old if you’ve got talent.  In the marketing world, Advertising Age and Direct Marketing News have their “40 under 40” lists. Forbes has their “30 under 30.” This blog post counterbalances with 50 who are over 50 because to my knowledge a list of this nature has never been published.

Now, before I present my list let me provide some background details. Yes, in case you are wondering, I am over 50, and this group was compiled with the help of my Twitter followers. I’m currently ranked as the 3rd most followed Chief Marketing Officer on Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine. Since I have nearly 60K followers, I was confident there would be at least 50 profiles representing marketing leaders over 50 years of age that are innovative and still doing remarkable work.  I just needed to identify them, and well … get them to admit they were over 50! I also wanted to ask them two questions:

1. How and where do you find innovative ideas?

2. What’s the best way to keep your eye on the future?

It has been an interesting and fun process to put together these names because I’ve learned some things about my Twitter network that I didn’t know, and I’ll be a better marketer for it. An additional side benefit I’ve gained is an appreciation for my contacts in the 40-50 age range who’ve reached out to help me with profile suggestions. They are not old enough to make my list and they are too old for the others, but they were still ready to help.  It’s tough being in no man’s land, so thanks gang!

This project has taken longer than I expected as this group is very busy, and not all were eager to anticipate follow-up tweets and contact from the AARP!  In order to make the list a little easier to digest you’ll need to go to my full post to read how they answered the questions. In the meantime, here are the first 25, on my list of senior marketers on Twitter who still know how to make it happen:

Joan Schneider

@schneiderpr

Title: President and Founder

Company: Schneider Associates

 

Michael Libbie

@MichaelLibbie

Title: Owner

Company: Insight Cubed

 

Christopher Donald

@EmailMadMan

Title: Strategist

Company: Inbox Group – Indiemark

 

Jim Ducharme

@hugeheadca

Title: Community Director

Company: GetResponse Email Marketing

 

Mark Shevitz

@SJI_Inc

Title: President

Company: SJI, Inc

 

Jeffrey Peel

@JeffreyPeel

Title:  Managing Director

Company: Quadriga Consulting Ltd

 

Jeff Ogden

@fearlesscomp

Title: President

Company: Find New Customers

 

Emily R. Coleman, Ph.D.

@e_r_coleman

Title: President

Company: CAM, Inc.

 

Brad Shorr

@BradShorr

Title: Director of B2B Marketing

Company: Straight North

 

Barbara Fowler

@BarbFow50

Title: Northeast Managing Partner, CMO

Company: Chief Outsiders

 

Steve Kirstein

@steveonprocess

Title: Director of Marketing

Company: OnProcess Technology

 

Doug Mow

@DougMow

Title: Chief Marketing Officer

Company: Courion Corporation

 

Adrea Rubin

@adrearubin

Title: CEO

Company: Adrea Rubin Media, Inc.

 

Dyan Bryson

@InspiredHealth_

Title: Managing Director

Company: Inspired Health Strategies, LLC

 

David Newberry

@davidnewbs

Title: Group Marketing Officer

Company: Pitney Bowes Software

 

Kay Ross

@KayRoss

Title: Marketing consultant & coach, editor and copywriter.

Company: Kay Ross Marketing

 

Ken Rutsky

 @Jayrutz

Title: Go to Market Thought Leader

Company:  KJR Associates, Inc

 

Scott Doniger

@scottd44

Title: Senior Vice President, Strategy and Services

Company: Sprinklr

 

Ari Sherman

@ariwrite

Title: Creative Director, copywriter

Company:  Ari Sherman, advertising, formerly of Frankfurt Gips Balkind

 

Donald Lambert

@3msage

Title: Consultant

Company:  Management, Marketing, Media

 

John Caldwell

@jacaldwell

Title: Principal

Company: Red Pill Email

 

Karen Shields

@MarComMgr

Title: Public Information Officer/Communications Manager

Company:  Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale County Health Departments

 

Andrew (Andy) Rudin

@andy_rudin

Title: Managing Principal

Company: Outside Technologies, Inc.

 

Drew Neisser

@DrewNeisser

Title: CEO and Founder

Company: Renegade, LLC

 

Jim Lyons

@jflyons

Title: Writer/Analyst/Blogger

Company:  JLA (formerly HP, Lyra Research)

 

And the author…

Alan See

@AlanSee

Title: Chief Marketing Officer

Company:  Alan See CMO Temps, LLC

Stay tuned to my blog for the complete list of 50, and remember, there are only two kinds of managers; the growing and the obsolete.  Be a lifelong learner.

Who would you add to the 25 over 50 list?

 

Alan See is the Chief Marketing Officer at Alan See CMO Temps, LLC. He has written this guest post for the Networking Exchange Blog.